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Taniwha Blackwater Cave Rafting & Glow Worms
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Set in a beautiful rainforest canyon, you’ll be in awe floating in a galaxy world of glow-worms. Start with a short bush walk, you’ll then have fun running the gentle rainforest river rapids, take a ride down the eye bulge rock hydroslide into the cave entrance and finish with a heart stopper cliff jump! Everything is optional, decide what to do as you go, includes Spa.
Are you looking for a fun adventure with a touch of mystery & intrigue!
How about floating through an underground galaxy world of glow-worms, experiencing the fun of rainforest river tubing and a cliff jump (optional).
This is a relaxing half day adventure that is fun, is in a beautiful place and takes you into an unusual cave environment with its glow-worms.
You can add some more adrenaline with an optional zipline flight or an abseil instead of the forest walk to start your tubing. (These cost extra) You'll also have a fun experience with local Maori Cave Legends.
Would you like to finish up with a relaxing hot shower and spa with a drink and a snack afterwards? Yes!... Then this trip is for you. Our glow-worm cave rafting ( we are actually on tubes and not rafts!) adventure is flexible and can provide as much or as little challenge as you are comfortable with. Every trip is different depending on who is on them so they can suit all abilities and ages down to as young as 6 years. As your adventure is also based on the South Island's West Coast there are no crowds and no time limits. Team Building, Educational Objectives or Leadership Skills can be included for groups.
The trip starts with putting on our cave gear at our base in Greymouth. You'll get thermal clothes to keep you warm and comfortable, a wetsuit, socks and river shoes, helmet and life jacket. We then drive you for 30 minutes to an easy practice river where we teach you the art of river tubing and make sure everyone is happy being on a tube in the river.
You'll then take a 15 minute walk with your tube through the rainforest to the start of the river tubing. This is a beautiful and fun section of river with some gentle rapids. You'll be joined together with other tubers to provide a stable "snake" of tubes but you can increase the challenge level by tubing the rapids on your own(dependent on river levels).
Your river tubing takes us to the cave entrance where we will get some protection against the Maori Legendary Taniwhas, these are underground Dragons that keep you if you venture into their world!!!
This starts your float up into the cave done in the dark to the light of a galaxy of glow-worms in the roof. At the end of the float section we will spend some time with the glow-worms while having a hot drink and chocolate bar to keep us going before floating back out finishing with a tube jump. (optional)
What is the abseil option for the cave?
The abseil option, you might know it as rappelling, is getting to the river to start your tubing adventure by gojng over a cliff on a rope instead of walking down through the forest with your guide. We give you a safety and instruction session before you go down the rope. You''l be going over the edge for a 25 meter abseil straight down. You control your own rate of descent down the rope but we can help you if needed. You are also attached by a second backup safety rope that your guide can control if he needs to. This means that if your guide feels you are likely to get out of control then he can control your descent for you.
What is the Zipline option for the cave?
Slide off the top of the 25 meter cliff for a 310 metre thrill seekers flight through stunning rainforest attached to a cable! Enthralling!
Your adventure with us is one of intrigue, anticipation and even a touch of romance. People are able to choose to do what they want, some do everything while others just do what they are comfortable with as everything is optional.
The place to meet for your trip is at our base in the centre of Greymouth. This is on the main highway near the town centre next door to McDonald's in a lime green building! The address is 8 Whall Street, Greymouth. You do need to book ahead. The optional cliff jump does not cost any extra but if you want to do an abseil or a zipline then this costs more and must be specified when booking. See the abseil & zipline booking option.